Monday, October 29, 2007

"Neue Galerie: The Two Gustavs"

Back in the village from an evening full of Austrian jokes - and some interesting new insights into fin de siècle Vienna. And in Freudian psychoanalysis. What was it (apart from being in Vienna and consulting Sigmund Freud with their troubles) that the two Gustavs - Klimt and Mahler - shared?

Any elaborate guesses?

Right! A woman. Alma Schindler was the chosen link between the two late 19th and early 20th century artists. She married Mahler though, not Klimt. Then an affair with the painter Oskar Kokoschka. Then marriage with the architect Walter Gropius. Finaly with the poet Franz Werfel. Changed her taste in men in the course of time? Well, I assume she didn't.

Alessandra Comini, distinguished professor of Art History Emerita, SMU, gave a cheerful speech in the Neue Galerie tonight and brought two great artists a little bit closer to the author of this ship's log - who considers going to the Klimt exhibition any time soon.

Eyes open! As usual.

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